As the sports world starts to emerge from the coronavirus shutdown, more and more events are popping up on the weekly calendar. This is great news for avid sports bettors at online sportsbooks. Heading into the second week of June, the big betting highlight is the return of the PGA Tour.
Professional golf is back on the board at online books with the start of the Charles Schwab Challenge on Thursday, June 11. The four-round event will be played at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, TX. This will be the first tournament played since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March.
A few of the upcoming PGA Tour events on the extended schedule for those that know about golf betting include the Travelers Championship at the end of the month and the Memorial at Muirfield Village from July 16 to July 19.
The first Major of the year will be the PGA Championship. It will be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco from Aug. 6 through Aug. 9. The US Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot and The Masters has been moved to Nov. 12-15. The Open Championship has been cancelled.
Betting on the PGA at online sportsbooks is also back in a big way. Along with the betting odds for the outright winner, odds are also posted for a Top 5, Top 10 and a Top 20 finish. The favorite to win this weekend’s tournament is Rory McIlroy at +800. His odds to finish in the Top 5 are +200 and they move to -110 for the Top 10 and -200 for a Top 20 finish.
Given the long layoff, predicting current form for any golfer is going to be hard to do. Yet, getting the best player in the world at +200 to finish in the Top 5 could be the value bet in this scenario.
Other ways to bet on golf at your favorite online sportsbooks are head-to-head matchups. For example, McIlroy is set as a -115 favorite against Jon Rahm at -105 odds. In another pairing, Rahm is a -135 favorite in a head-to-head matchup against Justin Thomas at +115 odds.
The player you bet on only has to finish in better position in the final standings then the golfer they are pitted against.
Another way to bet each week’s event is picking the leader by individual round. You can get McIlroy at +1600 to be the first round leader. This is a very hard ticket to cash but the overall return is rather attractive.
Online books will also post odds to make the cut after the first two rounds. The rust could be rather heavy with the three month layoff. This adds some solid value to the plus money on some of the bigger names missing the cut this week.
To add even more excitement to the action on the course, you will also find a number of prop betting options on the board. The best odds for the winning margin are +240 for one stroke. The odds move to +325 for a victory by four strokes or more.
As the week wears on, you can expect to find even more betting options on the board leading up to Thursday’s opening round. Professional golf is back in business and you can bet that the online sportsbooks will make the most of the opportunity.